The Sri Lankan government has tied up with Google to bring high-speed internet connectivity across the island nation via the Loon Project.
Announced in 2013, the Loon Project aims to connect remote and rural locations via the Internet streamed by balloons carrying all the necessary networking gear.
Mangala Samaraweera, Sri Lankan foreign minister, said that Google will launch helium-filled hi-tec balloons above the island in the Indian ocean in the coming months.
Google will tie up with local ISPs in Sri Lanka, helping them offer high-speed connectivity at lower costs and in locations that weren’t accessible earlier.
According to official data, Sri Lanka has 2.8mn mobile Internet connections and 606,000 fixed line broadband connections among a population of more 20 million.
The balloons used for Project Loon have been developed by Google itself and will float about in the stratosphere. Each balloon will remain afloat for 100 days.